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Woodland Carbon Code Governance

Executive Board

This board is the executive body responsible for managing the day-to-day running of the Code including its application, promotion and strategic and technical development. It meets around 6 times per year.

Specific tasks onclude:

  • Annual review and update of the Code
  • Interpretation of the Code and its application, including dispute resolution
  • Design of the validation, monitoring and verification process
  • Support for the operation of the registry
  • Project certification support and governance
  • Approval of validation/verification bodies
  • Capacity building, communication and promotion of the Code
  • Periodic reports on the uptake of the Code and a triannual evaluation
  • Establish sub-committees as necessary to deal with specific issues (eg communications)


  • Dr Pat Snowdon, Forestry Commission
  • Dr Vicky West, Forestry Commission
  • Bruce Auchterlonie, Forestry Commission
  • Dr Mark Broadmeadow, Forestry Commission England
  • Maida Ballarini, Forestry Commission Scotland
  • Dewi Jones, Welsh Government


Advisory Board

The role of the Advisory Board is to advise the Executive Board on the application, promotion, revision and further development of the Woodland Carbon Code.  It meets around four times per year.
In Scope it includes:

  • Development and revision of the Code and supporting tools and guidance
  • Interpretation of the Code and its application
  • Validation, monitoring and verification processes
  • Communication and promotion of the Code
  • Monitoring, research and evaluation


  • Members of the WCC Executive Board
  • Stuart Morwood, Northern Ireland Forest Service
  • Defra (tbc)
  • Peter Coleman, DECC
  • Ewan Mackie, Forest Research
  • Sandy Greig, Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Andrew Heald, Confor
  • James Hepburne-Scott, Forest Carbon
  • Lee Dudley, Woodland Trust
  • Peter Wilson, UK Woodland Assurance Standard
  • Matthew Brander, Edinburgh University Business School
  • Nick Blyth, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment
  • Julia Griffin, B&Q
  • Andy Grundy, Soil Association
  • Jane Ellis, Acoura
  • Jillian Hoy, UK Peatland Code


Disputes Panel

A Disputes Panel, made up of 2 Executive Board Members and 2 Advisory Board members deal with any disputes relating to interpretation of the Standard.  The Panel meets as required and advises the Executive Board.


Development of the Code

We are still developing and improving the scheme.  

Summary of main developments to date.

  • 2007-2011:  Development, consultation and piloting
  • 2011:           Launch of the Code
  • 2012-2013:  Piloting and launch of group scheme validation
  • 2013:           Launch of UK Woodland Carbon Registry on Markit Registry
  • 2014:           Listing of Pending Issuance Units for all projects.
  • 2015:           Small Woods Scheme Pilot lauched, Verification pilot
  • 2015-2016:  Piloting and launch of verification process
  • 2016:           Year 5 Verification Process Launched
  • 2018:           Launch of Version 2 of the WCC  



The Woodland Carbon Code has received the following awards:

  •  March 2014:  Climate Week Awards:  Finalist in the Category ‘Best Initiative from Government or Public Services’



Last updated: 8th March 2018